By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE Robynn Rolle-Curry inked her name on another record-breaking performance on the track, Charisma Taylor soared high to victory in the women’s triple jump on the field as the duo led a list of Bahamians in action over the weekend for their respective colleges and universities.
After lowering Minnesota State University at Moorhead’s record in the women’s 400 metres twice in two weeks, Curry-Rolle dropped down to the 200m where she posted another school record in the 200m on Saturday at the UND Open at the North Dakota High Performance Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Her winning time was 24.59. Also in the event was Angel Pratt of North Dakota State, who was fourth in 25,04. Pratt, however, was entered in the 400m where she placed seventh in 58.07. The winning time of 56.37 was done by Cerington Jones of South Dakota State.
Rolle-Curry also competed in the 60m where she was fifth in the preliminaries in 7.76, but she didn’t come back for the final that was won by North Dakota State in 7.50.
On the field, Daejha Moss, competing for North Dakota State as well, won the women’s high jump with a leap of 5-3 ¾ (1.62m). Pratt was fourth in the long jump with her best of 18-2 ½ (5.55m). The winning leap was 19-7 (5.97m) by Grace Emineth of North Dakota State.
Grand Bahamian Shaquiel Higgs was fourth in the men’s 60m final in 7.00. The winning time was 6.95 by Drew Olson of South Dakota. Higgs had the fifth fastest qualifying time of 7.09 and team-mate Shyrone Kemp was 13th overall in 7.16.
Kemp picked up a victory on the field in the men’s long jump with his best leap of 23-feet, 8 ½-inches or 7.22 metres.
In the 200m, Higgs was ninth overall in 22.50 and team-mate Kendrick Major was 11th in 22.54. Jacob Levin of North Dakota State won the event in 21.89. Higgs also contested the 60m hurdles, but only did the preliminaries where he had the third fastest time of 8.75. He did not contest the final.
Ty Dawkiins, also from Grand Bahama, was eighth in the men’s 400m in 50.29. The winning time was 47.39 by Jacob Rodin from North Dakota State.
Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational
Charisma Taylor, leading a field of sprinters at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational, produced a winning leap of 45-feet, 6 ¾-inches in the women’s triple jump on Saturday. Her nearest rival was Makenzy Mizera of Liberty with41-3 ¾ (12.59m).
Charlton also had the sixth fastest qualifying time of 8.26 in the preliminaries of the women’s 60m hurdles. She came back in the final for second in 8.10 as Rosealee Cooper of Miss State won in 8.07. Javonya Valcourt of Tennessee posted a winning time of 53.67 in the women’s 400m. Her nearest rival was Maya Singletary of Charlotte in 54.04. Valcourt competed in the 200m as well on Saturday where she was 21st overall in 24.51. Kayla White, representing Nike, won the event in 22.63.
Wanya McCoy of Clemson had the fastest qualifying time of 6.69, but he had to settle for second in the final in 6.66. Alex Lang of North Carolina State took the title in 6.61. McCoy came back in the 200m on Saturday and ended up third in 20.70. Javonte Harding of Tennessee won the event in 20.60. Emmanuel Brnum, also of Tennessee, was second in 20.69.
Texas Tech Invitational
Two Bahamians clashed in the men’s 60m hurdles with Texas Tech’s freshman Antoine Andrews getting the better of the matchup against Ohio State’s junior Oscar Greene. Andrews got second in the race in 7.77 behind Darius Luff, a junior at Nebraska, in 7.70. Greene was fourth in 7.87. Smith and Greene was set to compete in another 60m hurdles, but this time, Smith didn’t compete as Greene got fourth in 7.91 with Luff taking the top time in 7.66. Andrews, however, took the top qualifying time in another 60m hurdles in 7.91.
In another men’s 60m hurdles, Shakeem Smith, representing the Bahamas, finished third in 7.97 behind winner Tyrin Lewis of UNAT West Texas A&M, who won in 7.87 with Taylor Rooney of UNAT Texas Tech second in 7.95. Smith also placed fourth in the men’s 60m in 6.95. The winning time was 6.64 by Benjamin Azamati of UNAT West Texas A&M,
Also on the track, Adrian Curry, a senior at Ohio State, clocked 21.86 to win his heat, but was placed 39th overall. Carey also got third in his heat of the qualifying round of the men’s 60m in 6.85 for 27th place as Ian Myers, a freshman at Auburn, took the top spot in 6.69. And on the field, Shaun Miller Jr, as junior at Ohio State, was fifth overall in the men’s high jump with 7-2 ¼ (2.20m). Omamuyovwi Erhire, a junior at Texas Tech, won with 7-3 ¾ (2.23m).
At the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Anthaya Charlton, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, was fifth in the women’s long jump with a personal best leap of 20-7 (6.27m). The winning leap was 21-9 ½ (6.64m) by Jasmine Moore, a junior at Florida.
Charlton also got eighth in the finals of the women’s 60m in 7.49 with McKenzie Long, a senior at Ole Miss, taking the tape in 7.28. In the preliminaries, Charlton was the eighth fastest qualifying time in 7.46. Long had the fastest time of 7.27.
Megan Moss, a junior at Kentucky, was third in her heat, but 30th overall in the women’s 400m in 54.82. Her former team-mate Abby Steiner, competing for the USA, won the event in a meet record and a world-leading time of 50.59 with fellow American Shamier Little, second in 50.64.
Commonwealth Games long jump champion LaQuan Nairn got in some speed work, competing in the men’s 60m where he had the fourth fastest qualifying time of 6.95.
Nairn, however, didn’t contest the final that saw Tinotenda Matiyenga of Zimbabwe win in 6.75.
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